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[Report] Tomas Holmstrom expected to retire before season


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#1 -Vintage Canuck-

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:25 PM

Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom expected to retire before season:

Tomas Holmstrom, the best net-front presence in the NHL over the past 15 seasons for the Detroit Red Wings, is expected to announce his retirement soon, now that the lockout is over.


Holmstrom, who turns 40 on Jan. 23, informed the club of his intentions a while ago. The team did not want to make an announcement during the work stoppage. It will hold a news conference at Joe Louis Arena, likely before the start of the season.


Holmstrom scored 243 goals and added 287 assists in 1,026 games. His goal total includes 122 on the power play, which ranks third in franchise history behind Steve Yzerman (202) and Nicklas Lidstrom (132). Statistics for power-play goals weren't kept for much of Gordie Howe's career.


Holmstrom had many more goals disallowed because referees ruled he either interfered with the goaltender or was in the crease.


His perseverance around the net was unparalleled. Especially during his early years, he absorbed constant slashes, cross-checks and other abuse from defensemen and goaltenders. He still managed to screen the goalie and tip numerous shots past goalies. And, despite his lack of speed, he was tremendous at retrieving the puck.


The 257th overall pick (10th round) in the 1994 NHL entry draft, Holmstrom played on four Stanley Cup championship teams (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008).


http://www.mlive.com...strom_expe.html

Great career, wish him all the best!
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:27 PM

Solid career making lives difficult for defensemen and goaltenders alike. I don't think people understand just how much of a beating one takes playing the way he plays. Probably one of the toughest guys the NHL will ever see.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:39 PM

I expect him to work for the red wings in some capacity probably as a scout somewhere in European likely Sweden
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:43 PM

No Lidstrom or Holmstrom in Detroit... truly the end of the late 90's early 2000's dynasty.

Edited by Jägermeister, 06 January 2013 - 11:44 PM.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:44 PM

All the best to him then. Though I wonder how the red wings will cope with losing another valuable player.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:45 PM

Man his back must be destroyed by now from all that abuse
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:47 PM

The Detroit Red Wings that I used to know and hate are almost all gone now :sadno:
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:52 PM

Great player, Hated playing him as he was one of the most annoying. Best at what he did, DET is falling apart at the hips..
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:20 AM

makes me feel sad and older :(.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:49 AM

The Detroit Red Wings that I used to know and hate are almost all gone now :sadno:


Hahahahaha I know exactly what you mean. They used to wipe the floor with us. Colorado too.

End of an era with Selanne gone soon...Pronger, Whitney, Jagr in the next year or two.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:21 AM

Wish out scorers were this uber gritty

Edited by Nuck-Shot, 07 January 2013 - 03:22 AM.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:11 AM

Redwings were my 2nd favorite team, they got gutted this off season. Now I could care less about them.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

Solid career. Won't miss him in front of our net though
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:43 AM

Shame to see him go but I will always have the memory of his 5 goal games.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:25 PM

Redwings were my 2nd favorite team, they got gutted this off season. Now I could care less about them.


Your loyalty is inspiring.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:43 PM

Solid player. Played for below market value for almost all of his career. Great team mate. Teams need players like Holmstrom to win Cups.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:44 PM

Redwings were my 2nd favorite team, they got gutted this off season. Now I could care less about them.


Your loyalty is inspiring.


lol....
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:49 PM

Seemed like there has never been a single Canuck who could move Holmstrom from the top of the crease. Liked his battles with Bieksa, with Bieksa shouting 'one time' at him (drop the gloves one time).
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OMG we could've had McKeown!

I think Virtanen was a terrible pick given that he's out for 6 months which will hinder his development. You don't pick someone at #6 under that circumstance, along with the fact that he was given a 3/5 IQ (aka he's dumb). 

God dammit Benning. WHY VIRTANEN? Terrible move.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:22 PM

Solid guy, so much abuse and tough work - as bad a skater as he was an awesome net presence.
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I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

Scotty Bowman on Hockey Central talking about Holmstrom. Loved the guy.

Told a story about how Holmstrom wanted a high number, but Federov had 91 and he was the rock star so they didn't wan to give Holmtrom a number higher than Fedorov's.

Bowman says to Holmstrom, why don't you take the number 98 because that's the year you'll be going back home to Sweden,, lol.
This was in 1996.

Holmstrom took the #96.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:32 PM

http://www.freep.com...ngs-home-opener

Beloved net-front expert Tomas Holmstrom has told the Red Wings he's done playing in the NHL after 15 seasons, and naturally for a guy who helped them win four Stanley Cups, the Wings want to give Holmstrom a proper farewell.
That's been a bit tricky, what with a rushed training camp which started at Compuware because Joe Louis Arena was occupied by Ford Motor Company, and the possibility that Mike and Marian Ilitch want to be on hand for the event.
Plans now are to have Holmstrom - who turns 40 on Wednesday - announce his retirement before Tuesday's home opener against the Stars. That would enable all the current Wings players to be on hand for the event, and then Holmstrom and his family could be brought out on the ice to say goodbye to fans during an intermission.


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:46 PM

i'm glad he won't be in front of our net anymore;
meant in the most complimentary of ways.
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